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20 April 2001

Scottish Parliament Debates Health Visitors’ Car Plight

The Scottish Parliament is due to debate on Thursday (26 April, 2001) the demands of health visitors and community nurses for fair treatment when they use their cars on NHS business.

Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) will debate a cross-party motion calling for a national car agreement for community nurses and that there should be the provision of free car parking badges for such key workers as well as an urgent review of the car leasing and mileage arrangements.

Members of the Community Practitioners and Health Visitor Association (CPHVA) and the Community Psychiatric Nurses Association (CPNA) have been campaigning for a year to end a situation which is costing community nurses an estimated Ł700-a-year when they use their cars to visit patients. They want the same privileges as GPs who are exempt from car park charges when on house calls.

Last month, MSF/CPHVA and the CPNA staged a successful lobby of the Scottish Parliament when MSPs listened to their grievances.

The CPHVA’s Professional Officer in Scotland, Anna Daley said: ‘We are very pleased that MSPs are giving a UK-lead in finding a solution. This will be a long-term benefit for patients by allowing community nurses to spend more time with them, instead wasting valuable time searching for a parking space.’

Campaigners have highlighted the failure of NHS mileage allowance to match the rocketing price of petrol that is hitting Scotland’s rural communities and the inequalities in the NHS trust car lease agreements, which costs NHS staff hundreds of pounds each year.



NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS: For further information, please contact:

Lee Whitehill 07768 69 39 50

MSF Policy & Communications Officer (Scotland)

Anna Daley 07798 531001

CPHVA Professional Officer, Scotland

Sharon Duncan 01224 557035 (work)

CPNA DoW Scottish co-ordinator 01464 851451 (home)

Shaun Noble Press Officer 020 7939 7043, 07768 69 39 40 mobile

1) Nationally, CPHVA/MSF are tabling a series of amendments to the General Whitley Council on the car issue. Last summer, the Regular User Allowance was increased by 4p from 29p, with a similar increase for the Standard User Allowance, giving a new rate of 43p. The CPHVA considered this unacceptable, given that petrol prices at the pump are unlikely to fall in the next few years.

2) The issue of taxation on cars used by community nurses is a ‘reserved’ issue for the Westminster Parliament. The CPHVA and CPNA argue their members’ cars are taxed as if they were "a perk", and not as a necessary tool of the job.

3). CPHVA press releases can be seen on the CPHVA web site:

4) The CPHVA is an autonomous professional section of the Manufacturing, Science and Finance union. The CPHVA represents 18,000 health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses and registered nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.